A course on cabals/Sacrifice
A religious sacrifice is the practice of offering something of value to a god or gods as an act of worship or appeasement. The practice of sacrifice is found in the oldest human records, long before any written records of the practice. Anything of some value can be used as a sacrifice. Generally, the more valuable the offering the more highly the sacrifice is regarded.
Traditionally a person sacrifices something of value for the appeasement of a god in order to bring good fortune to ones tribe, family, and friends, and to bring bad fortune to ones enemies. For example, a person may sacrifice a rabbit to bring rain so that their tribe's crop is bountiful, or to create a drought for a rival village so that the villagers will die. The rival village may in turn see a drought as a sign that their god or gods are unhappy with the villagers and find something of greater value to sacrifice in order to appease the god or gods so that the rains will return to the village.
What sacrifice should my cabal provide?
Finding a sacrifice to please a Pagan god (any Pagan god will do) is your sworn duty as a cabal. Sacrificial lambs and scapegoats are the most common sacrifices. If you run out of sacrificial lambs and scapegoats to sacrifice you can always sacrifice a goblin, a gnome or troll instead. Some cabals also prefer using Voodoo dolls in combination with excessive dancing. But whatever you do, do not sacrifice one of Wikiversity's mascots. If you sacrifice a mascot or fail to find a sacrifice the Pagan gods may punish you for 100 years by requiring you to create artwork and organize files on Wikimedia Commons.
Lambs are a highly valued possession in traditional Abrahamic religions. A lamb is offered to God as a sacrifice in the belief that in exchange God will forgive a Sin.
Farmers may sometimes sacrifice a sick or injured cow before letting their herd cross a stream in order that more cows might survive the cross. Your job as a member of a cabal is to find weak people to sacrifice, so that most members of your cabal can survive another day undiscovered. A weak person is required to appease the herd of people that suspect the cabal exists and to give the herd someone else to blame for all their problems. A cabal must be very careful in picking a sacrifice from a herd, because unlike cows, the human sacrifice may expose the existence of the cabal.
In Norse mythology, trolls are described as tricksters that live in mountains, rocks, and in caves. Scandinavian folklore frequently describes trolls as old, ugly, mischievous, wicked, larger than humans and very strong, but slow and dim-witted. Some trolls are described as man eaters and exposer to sunlight turns them to stone. Today some Scandinavian landmarks are attributed to trolls.
Troll is also a hunting and fishing technique where bait or lure is set, and the hunter waits for fish or game to strike or bite.
Modern trolls often hide in discussion forums looking for opportunities to disrupt discuss and provoke desired responses. Trolls are said to bait or lure people. The word troll used in this context may be intended to evoke imagery of the kind found in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore, as well as the hunting and finishing technique. Some people, perhaps due to the imagery it evokes, picture modern trolls as sociality inept, ugly, slow, dim-witted, and as living in caves or under rocks to avoid direct exposure to sunlight.